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MacRumors
Jul 16, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Microsoft today launched (http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/07/16/owa-for-iphone-and-owa-for-ipad.aspx) a set of native Outlook apps designed for Office 365 business subscribers who want to access their email on the iPad or the iPhone.

Based on the browser version of the Outlook Web App, OWA for iPhone and iPad offer standard access to email, calendars, and contacts along with "additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices."

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The apps, which are available only to customers with an Office 365 business account that includes the latest version of Exchange Online, offer a number of features like quick email organization options, shared calendars, and voice command support.Get work done faster with email
- Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories
- Quickly search or browse email in all folders including Outlook Favorites
Manage your schedule with ease
- Schedule meetings using attendee free/busy and room finder
- View shared calendars including delegate support
- Use your voice to look up a contact or bring up your schedule
Keep business data secure
- Remote wipe erases only your corporate data in OWA for iPhone and leaves your personal data on the device alone
- Separate passcode for OWA for iPhone provides an additional layer of securityOWA for the iPhone and the iPad are both available for free from the App Store.

-*OWA for iPhone (http://appshopper.com/business/owa-for-iphone) [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owa-for-iphone/id659503543?mt=8)]
-*OWA for iPad (http://appshopper.com/business/owa-for-ipad) [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owa-for-ipad/id659524331?mt=8)]

Article Link: Microsoft Launches Outlook Apps for Office 365 Business Subscribers (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/16/microsoft-launches-outlook-apps-for-office-365-business-subscribers/)



iGrip
Jul 16, 2013, 12:52 PM
Microsoft is a good friend for Apple to have.

jc1350
Jul 16, 2013, 01:33 PM
Baahh - I still have an original ipad and the OWA for iPad app requires a front facing camera. EMAIL shouldn't require any camera. It's email, not video conferencing like skype.

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 01:41 PM
anyone have managed to get the push notification to work on the iphone ?

monkeybagel
Jul 16, 2013, 01:45 PM
Not going to "rent" ANY software, so I'm out on this one.

BerlingerT
Jul 16, 2013, 01:56 PM
It's nice to see Microsoft making more apps for iOS, though I would much prefer more non-web apps for the Office applications, like OneNote is. Office 365 looks great and all, but I would like apps I can use while offline.

mathcolo
Jul 16, 2013, 01:58 PM
This is unfortunately a real let-down—the new apps are probably pretty helpful, but Microsoft is throwing standard customers who run Exchange on in-house servers under the bus :mad:

nutmac
Jul 16, 2013, 02:02 PM
This app is for Office 365 for Business ($60-180/year per user), not to be confused with Office 365 Home Premium ($99.99/year for up to 5 PCs/Macs).

If you ask me, Microsoft created too many tiers.

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 02:03 PM
It's nice to see Microsoft making more apps for iOS, though I would much prefer more non-web apps for the Office applications, like OneNote is. Office 365 looks great and all, but I would like apps I can use while offline.

The OWA works perfectly well while offline ! The only issue I have at the moment is that push notification doesn't functioning :(

jc1350
Jul 16, 2013, 02:03 PM
It's nice to see Microsoft making more apps for iOS, though I would much prefer more non-web apps for the Office applications, like OneNote is. Office 365 looks great and all, but I would like apps I can use while offline.

I toyed with the iphone version and after a minute or 2, it displayed "this content is ready for offline use."


This is unfortunately a real let-down—the new apps are probably pretty helpful, but Microsoft is throwing standard customers who run Exchange on in-house servers under the bus :mad:

MS's plan is to eliminate on-premises Exchange and will eventually offer it only as a hosted subscription. Eventually, you'll be on the bus rather than under it.

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 02:04 PM
This app is for Office 365 for Business ($60-180/year per user), not to be confused with Office 365 Home Premium ($99.99/year for up to 5 PCs/Macs).

If you ask me, Microsoft created too many tiers.

It's also available to people who subscribed Exchange Online service for £2.60+VAT a month ... Not that expensive though ...

sartis
Jul 16, 2013, 02:07 PM
Does it support multiple accounts?

jc1350
Jul 16, 2013, 02:09 PM
It's also available to people who subscribed Exchange Online service for £2.60+VAT a month ... Not that expensive though ...

I use is for my personal domain email and it is fairly cheap considering what I get for it - full exchange plus remote Powershell access to modify just about any setting for about $5.00US/month.

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 02:12 PM
Does it support multiple accounts?

Multiple account ? I use my own domain for emails and I also have three outlook.com and one gmail accounts attached to it via pop3 protocol. It works like an email client.

Also this app is the only app I could find in iOS App Store that supports "Send As" functionality.

sartis
Jul 16, 2013, 02:22 PM
Multiple account ? I use my own domain for emails and I also have three outlook.com and one gmail accounts attached to it via pop3 protocol. It works like an email client.

Also this app is the only app I could find in iOS App Store that supports "Send As" functionality.

Well I don't see how to add another account to it....

roadbloc
Jul 16, 2013, 02:23 PM
This is unfortunately a real let-down—the new apps are probably pretty helpful, but Microsoft is throwing standard customers who run Exchange on in-house servers under the bus :mad:

For iOS... yes, it appears so. Office is free on Windows Phone. Might even be for Windows RT when they complete it.

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 02:24 PM
Well I don't see how to add another account to it....

Oh sorry , I miss understood you !

I added other accounts online, not through the app.

WordMasterRice
Jul 16, 2013, 02:25 PM
This is unfortunately a real let-down—the new apps are probably pretty helpful, but Microsoft is throwing standard customers who run Exchange on in-house servers under the bus :mad:

I agree in an overall sense, but I don't see how you see that in this instance. In order for this to work with push notifications they need to have the server. Microsoft isn't going to build an iOS Push Notification server into Exchange with their certificate, so the only option is to offer it on hosted solutions.

sartis
Jul 16, 2013, 02:26 PM
Oh sorry , I miss understood you !

I added other accounts online, not through the app.

No problem, Trying to understand why it does not support multiple accounts??????

wsc9005
Jul 16, 2013, 02:32 PM
No problem, Trying to understand why it does not support multiple accounts??????

You can add all your email accounts through desktop browser's version of OWA if you just want to check emails in one place. The only problem with that is when you reply to those emails, the recipient will see the "behalf of ". Although you can enable "send as" permission to your accounts with the same domain name, that's a really handy feature for a mobile email client .

monkeybagel
Jul 16, 2013, 02:45 PM
I toyed with the iphone version and after a minute or 2, it displayed "this content is ready for offline use."




MS's plan is to eliminate on-premises Exchange and will eventually offer it only as a hosted subscription. Eventually, you'll be on the bus rather than under it.

I would never allow them to host the mail in my company and I know others who feel the same way. If they do not meet the on-site market need, another company will step up and do it for them.

theheadguy
Jul 16, 2013, 05:20 PM
This app is for Office 365 for Business ($60-180/year per user), not to be confused with Office 365 Home Premium ($99.99/year for up to 5 PCs/Macs).
If you ask me, Microsoft created too many tiers.
There's one subscription option for home users, and 3 for businesses. I fail to see how this is too many. Please explain. :confused:

MS's plan is to eliminate on-premises Exchange and will eventually offer it only as a hosted subscription. Eventually, you'll be on the bus rather than under it.
I would never allow them to host the mail in my company and I know others who feel the same way. If they do not meet the on-site market need, another company will step up and do it for them.
Apple allows them to host their content, so I doubt they are too worried that you won't.

Some guy
Jul 16, 2013, 05:38 PM
Baahh - I still have an original ipad and the OWA for iPad app requires a front facing camera. EMAIL shouldn't require any camera. It's email, not video conferencing like skype.

Microsoft probably made a front facing camera a requirement because they can't support the first gen. iPad.

Developers sometimes need to do this.

GSPice
Jul 16, 2013, 05:51 PM
There's one subscription option for home users, and 3 for businesses. I fail to see how this is too many. Please explain. :confused:

ZDNET: Microsoft delievers OWA (http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-delivers-native-outlook-web-app-clients-for-iphone-ipad-7000018143/)

If you don't think the plan explanation just sounds painful, then nope, there are not too many tiers.

theheadguy
Jul 16, 2013, 06:17 PM
ZDNET: Microsoft delievers OWA (http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-delivers-native-outlook-web-app-clients-for-iphone-ipad-7000018143/)If you don't think the plan explanation just sounds painful, then nope, there are not too many tiers.
Definitely painful the way it was explained there. However, it needs to be in the proper context of just how much you can get with it (including voicemail, etc.).

When I researched before commenting, I was looking at the following. It appeared a lot simpler than what you linked to. However, upon another look, it can appear confusing for a small business I suppose.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx

nutmac
Jul 16, 2013, 06:23 PM
There's one subscription option for home users, and 3 for businesses. I fail to see how this is too many. Please explain. :confused:

There are total of 7 subscription plans: (1) Office 365 Home Premium ($100/year), (2) Office 365 Small Business ($60/year), (3) Office 365 Small Business Premium ($150/year), (4) Office 365 Midsize Business ($180/year), (5) Hosted Email ($48/year), (6) Office 365 Enterprise E1 ($96/year), (7) Office 365 Enterprise E3 ($240/year).

idiiamots
Jul 16, 2013, 06:35 PM
The OWA works perfectly well while offline ! The only issue I have at the moment is that push notification doesn't functioning :(

Is your Exchange account in O365 or on-premise?

As for on-premise users, the app will work with Exchange 2013 CU2 and above. Push won't work in the enterprise for the reasons someone else posted earlier - MS can't distribute it's APNS certificate to on-prem customers.

jonnysods
Jul 16, 2013, 09:24 PM
I don't like the idea of no offline email handling

JAT
Jul 16, 2013, 10:16 PM
Multiple account ? I use my own domain for emails and I also have three outlook.com and one gmail accounts attached to it via pop3 protocol. It works like an email client.

Also this app is the only app I could find in iOS App Store that supports "Send As" functionality.
Well, Mail supports that. But it isn't in the App Store, so you aren't wrong.

sjinsjca
Jul 16, 2013, 10:36 PM
Baahh - I still have an original ipad and the OWA for iPad app requires a front facing camera.


That's a bit creepy. This is Microsoft-- they're supposed to be lame, not creepy. Google has the market cornered for creepy.

Sardonick007
Jul 16, 2013, 11:10 PM
I understand the concept of "to each his/her own" but renting software that isn't even really competitive against what's out there for direct purchase is just beyond me. I don't like the model personally, but clearly there are many who do like, or who have the resources to not care. I like the platform, I like the web editing, etc., but I would like to purchase a piece of software, not lease it.

Belmont31R
Jul 17, 2013, 01:46 AM
I understand the concept of "to each his/her own" but renting software that isn't even really competitive against what's out there for direct purchase is just beyond me. I don't like the model personally, but clearly there are many who do like, or who have the resources to not care. I like the platform, I like the web editing, etc., but I would like to purchase a piece of software, not lease it.

At 9.99 a month for Office, always the latest versions, on up to 5 computers, seems like a good deal to me. Plus the extra SkyDrive storage is nice.

You can also add or drop computers at will so when I sold a laptop I just removed it off my list and my number of downloads is increased by one. Don't have to worry about having a license tied to a computer.

The web apps and SkyDrive integration is nice. Don't mind $100 a year for what I'm getting out of it.

HenryDJP
Jul 17, 2013, 09:47 AM
Microsoft is a good friend for Apple to have.

LOL, uh what? Some people here including you need to realize that Microsoft's past trump cards are becoming less relevant as time passes. At this point MS has way more misses than hits and they are more in need of having Apple as a friend rather than the opposite. You need to get an iGrip on reality. :p

nutmac
Jul 17, 2013, 06:33 PM
At 9.99 a month for Office, always the latest versions, on up to 5 computers, seems like a good deal to me. Plus the extra SkyDrive storage is nice.

Except $100/year Home Premium plan does not include access to OWA iOS app, extra SkyDrive and Skype minutes are worth only $10/year each.

If you want access to both desktop and every mobile apps, you will need to pay $150-240/year for business plans.

If you ask me, Microsoft could've made the plan a lot more enticing if it included Windows license as well.

Belmont31R
Jul 17, 2013, 06:50 PM
Except $100/year Home Premium plan does not include access to OWA iOS app, extra SkyDrive and Skype minutes are worth only $10/year each.

If you want access to both desktop and every mobile apps, you will need to pay $150-240/year for business plans.

If you ask me, Microsoft could've made the plan a lot more enticing if it included Windows license as well.

Then people would pay for a month and stop paying once they got the license.

You can still buy the regular Office products outside of Office 365. 365 is just another option that may be of benefit to some people.

I personally like it and find the extra features useful. If I bought the regular Office licenses for every computer I'd be spending the equivalent of 3 1/2 years worth of Office 365, and that's at the discounted University price not including extra SkyDrive storage which would be $40 for 4 years.

I would do the University 365 which is $100 for 4 years but only includes two Windows installs.